What is the Difference Between a Duvet vs Comforter?

In an epic battle between duvets and comforters, which would you choose? If you’re not sure the difference between the two, check out our handy guide to understand the pros and cons of each so you can make the best choice for you.


Duvets are designed to be used with a protective covering known as a duvet cover. Like a pillowcase protects a pillow, the duvet cover protects the duvet from spills, body oil, and damage.

Duvets come in a variety of colors, designs, and fabrics, including cotton, silk, flannel, and blends. Duvet covers fit over the duvets and are usually sealed with buttons, ties, or a zipper.

  • Intended to be used with a duvet cover
  • Easier/cheaper to change styles, as you don’t have to replace the whole set, only the cover. Most duvets you’ll see are a white or off-white color.
  • Can be easier to clean if using a cover, just throw the cover in the wash
  • Can be used without a top sheet, as the duvet cover can function as one


Typically, a comforter is a thick, quilted, fluffy blanket that is used to keep you warm. It is usually filled with synthetic fiber filler which is quilted or stitched to secure the filling and keep it evenly distributed. Unlike a duvet, the comforter only forms one piece of all of your bed linens. It is intended to sit on top of your sheets and those who want a layered look might prefer this.

  • Made with a built-in cover
  • Come in all sorts of colors and patterns to fit any style.
  • It’s machine-washable material.
  • Should be used with a top sheet
  • May also function as a duvet if I duvet cover is used

A video below made by Mattress Clarity channel that explaining the Difference of Duvet and Comforter.